Country Living

Eggs are eggs, right? Wrong. With the phrase "free range" thrown around so often these days, it's important to understand what this term means. Did you know that products labeled "organic" are very different than products labeled "made with organic ingredients"? The USA differs greatly from how Europe codes their food products. What are some ways that you can ensure you're putting quality food into your body? Let's start with the basics: Eggs.

We love the farm life. Something about living off the land and being close to nature brings happiness and simplicity to us. For those who don't live near or on a farm, a farmer's market is a great place to begin. Supporting your local farmers not only benefits the environment and animals, but it's a step to take meaningful action and practice awareness with what you are putting into your body. Joining a produce or meat CSA is a great way to start.

What’s the difference between farm fresh eggs and store bought eggs?

For starters, did you know that the average carton of eggs at the grocery store is about 6-8 months old? The older an egg gets, the fewer nutrients it holds. The yoke of a farm egg is richer in color and has so much more flavor when cooked to perfection, whether that be sunny-side up, scrambled, or hardboiled. 

If you put a farm fresh egg in one hand and a store-bought egg in another hand, you'll also notice the difference in density. Because farm fresh eggs come from chickens with a much better diet, the eggs of a hen are thicker and harder than those produced in a factory. Farm chickens are outside, soaking up vitamin D all day long. They are fed a higher quality diet than chickens produced for mass consumption who, sadly, rarely see the light of day and are housed in cramped living quarters. 

Studies have also shown that farm eggs contain less cholesterol, less saturated fat, more vitamin A, more omega-3 fatty acids, more vitamin E, and more beta-carotene. 

As you can see, the benefits of spending a little more for farm fresh eggs far outweighs the cost.

And on that note...time to scramble up some breakfast.